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Welcome to the New Jewish Press

Welcome to the New Jewish Press

The New Jewish Press is the inaugural publishing program of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. This innovative program seeks to enhance the Centre’s reputation as one of the finest and most comprehensive Jewish Studies Programs in North America by fulfilling its core educational mission and building bridges to the community. Our goal is to make outstanding books on Jewish culture, history, philosophy, and religion available to the broader Canadian and international community. A complement to existing scholarly and trade publishing, the New Jewish Press brings the academy and the community together in a uniquely Jewish publishing venture.

In Canada’s publishing climate today, there is a tremendous need for a press that will produce books on Jewish themes for the general reading public. Bringing such a press together with the intellectual resources of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies is inspired.
— Harold Troper, Canadian writer and historian, co-author of None Is Too Many

About the New Jewish Press

About the New Jewish Press

The principals of the New Jewish Press are co-publishers Malcolm Lester and Andrea Fochs Knight working with an editorial board of Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies faculty members.

Malcolm Lester, Co-Publisher
Malcolm Lester is one of Canada’s foremost publishers of significant Jewish-themed titles known both in the academy and among the general reading public. He has published under several imprints—the best known of which is Lester & Orpen Dennys, one of Canada’s most distinguished publishers. The Literary Review of Canada named three of L&OD’s books as among the most important Canadian books of the twentieth-century.

Andrea Fochs Knight, Co-Publisher and Chair of the Editorial Board
Andrea Fochs Knight has twenty-five years experience as a skilled editor and publisher. For almost ten years she worked with Malcolm Lester as Managing Editor on many of his projects. In 2008, she took on the position of Managing Editor for the prize-winning Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs and developed it into the highly respected publishing program that it is today.

Professor Anna Shternshis, Ex-Officio
Acting Director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies and Al and Malka Green Associate Professor of Yiddish Studies at the University of Toronto, Anna Shternshis is the author of two books and more than 20 articles on the Soviet Jews during World War II, Russian Jewish culture, and post-Soviet Jewish diaspora, as well as co-editor-in-chief of East European Jewish Affairs and a stand-in board member of Oxford Bibliographies Online in Jewish studies.

Professor Doris Bergen
Doris Bergen is the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Toronto and the author and editor of five books and numerous articles on issues of religion, gender, and ethnicity in the Holocaust and World War II. She is also a member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Professor David Novak
David Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies as Professor of Religion and Philosophy in the University of Toronto. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the American Academy for Jewish Research, he is a founder of the Panel of Inquiry on Jewish Law of the Union for Traditional Judaism, a founder and board member of the Institute on Religion and Public Life, and an advisory board member of its journal, First Things. Professor Novak is the author of sixteen books and more than three hundred articles and reviews.

Professor Harold Troper
Author and co-author of a number of books and monographs on Canadian Jewish history, immigration, and multiculturalism, Harold Troper teaches at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Collaborative Graduate Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and was awarded the 2012 Louis Rosenberg Canadian Jewish Studies Distinguished Service Award.

Submissions

New Jewish Press Submission Guidelines

The New Jewish Press, as the publishing program of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, is seeking titles that add significantly to the Canadian Jewish cultural landscape. We are not an academic press. The focus of the Press is to make a selection of outstanding fiction and nonfiction books dealing with themes of Jewish culture, history, philosophy, and religion available to the broader Canadian and international community. While our emphasis is on Canadian authors and subjects, we will also consider international submissions on Jewish themes.

We accept submissions either electronically by email, or by regular mail, but prefer submissions by email. In either case, please include:

  1. A cover letter that describes your work and explains why you think it’s a good fit for the New Jewish Press.
  2. A brief bio and publication history (if applicable).
  3. Your contact information.
  4. A sample chapter of your work.
  5. For nonfiction, please also include the Table of Contents or a complete outline of the work.
  6. Please indicate whether you are simultaneously submitting your manuscript elsewhere. We will consider manuscripts that have been submitted to other publishers, but we would prefer to know this at the beginning of the process.
  • Please do not send complete manuscripts. If we decide to consider your work further after reading the sample, we will request the rest of the manuscript.
  • Please do not send us the only copy of your work or any original artwork or images. We cannot assume responsibility for your manuscript or artwork.
  • Please do not resubmit the same proposal multiple times.
  • Please be patient. We will make every effort to respond promptly, but as we consider every submission we receive, it may take several months for us to get back to you.
  • Please include your name on all the materials you send, not just the envelope and cover letter.
By email
Please send proposals to: submissions@newjewishpress.ca
Please send all documents as Word files or PDFs.

By regular mail
Please include a SASE and send hard copy proposals to:
Acquisitions
New Jewish Press
Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies
170 St. George Street, Room 218
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8

Donate

Donate

Cover your bookcases with rugs and linens of fine quality; preserve them from dampness and mice and injury; for it is your books that are your true treasure.
—Ibn Tibbon (1120-c.1190), Spanish Jewish Scholar

The New Jewish Press is underwritten by tax receiptable donations to the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies that are earmarked for its publishing program. We welcome the support of donors who wish to contribute to the New Jewish Press in its endeavour to bring the academy and the community together in a uniquely Jewish publishing venture.

To make a donation, please follow the link below to the University of Toronto's donation page for the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies and choose the option:

NEW JEWISH PRESS FUND
https://donate.utoronto.ca/give/show/72

We thank you for your support.

Contact

New Jewish Press
 
Malcolm Lester, Co-Publisher
416 921 6637  -  416 819 7254
malcolm@newjewishpress.ca

 
Andrea Fochs Knight, Co-Publisher
416 884 8188  -  416 651 8188
andrea@newjewishpress.ca

 
Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies
170 St. George Street, Room 218
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8